More time to have a say on NHS reform plan

Toby Meredith (Media Porduction Manager, University of Portsmouth), Liz Hawes (Research Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust), and Simon Toh (Consultant Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust)

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Have your say

RESIDENTS have got more time to comment on the future of public health in England.

The government has extended the consultation deadline for its White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People which outlines the reform plans for the NHS.

The paper sets out how the new service, Public Health England, will give more power to local people over their health.

It also states how funding from the overall NHS budget will be ring-fenced for spending on public health and how local authorities like Portsmouth City Council will have the lead role for the healthcare of the population and a strong influence over NHS services.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘I would urge people to have their say and respond to this important consultation.’

The government has extended the consultation deadline by three weeks from March 8 to March 31.

You can join the consultation by visiting portsmouth.nhs.uk/Join-In/healthy-live.htm.